Our first visit to this new restaurant and from our meal last night, Satis is one fine addition to the NJ dining scene.
Back in NJ we went to visit our DD in JC and were greeted with "we have reservations at a new bistro in town".
The four of us arrived for our 7:30 reservations and were seated in the upstairs dining room overlooking the first floor and the street. The interior has a clean sleek look. Very attractive and inviting.
The diverse, innovative menu has something for everyone. Appetizers (small bites), pates, cheese, salumeria, entrees and sides. Prices are low to moderate and encourages sampling a wide variety of food, which we did :)
We started with an order of bacon wrapped, Cabrales stuffed dates which were heavenly and two orders of the Seasonal Bruschetta which was white beans, arugula and shave parmigiano which was tasty and fresh.
Moved on to the Salumeria where we ordered the Prosciutto de Parma, Soppresatta and Pancetta. All three were full of flavor and had optimum spicing. We also received small samples of a couple of new offerings, one made with Barolo wine, another with truffle. These were also delicious.
Entrees were all winners. Two orders of Veal Milanese with wild arugula, roasted grapes and pine nuts. Crusted, pan seared filet mignon, celery root creamed spinach. Braised short rib with chorizo and goat cheese mashed potatoes and a nice reduction.
The veal was tender and the crust not a bit greasy, the filet and short rib were fork tender and melt in your mouth delicious.
You would think we hold up the white flag at this point but we ventured on to dessert, which were excellent. One of the specialties of Satis is their gelato. "German Chocolate Cake" was two gelato's, chocolate and coconut with chocolate fudge and whipped cream. Take some of each and you have GCC. Cannoli gelato had a filling that duplicated the real filling including bits of citron on top. Also came with whipped cream. Hazelnut torte was rich and buttery, yum!
Finished with an assortment of coffee and capuccino.
Service was great all night. Our server Fernando was friendly, informative with a nice sense of humor. He and the staff made for a great meal.
Satis is BYO and we had a couple of nice wines with dinner, a 2007 Dumol Chardonnay and a 2002 Karl Lawrence Cabernet.
Granted it was our first time at Satis and it has been open a short time but based on our experience last night, it is a real winner. Only wish it was closer to home :)
Here are details on the restaurant.